a minimal valentine's day look

Elevating the makeup game with Trinny London.


I've never been the biggest fan of Valentine's Day, but I appreciate that it offers an excuse to dress up and indulge in femininity. I like to spend a little more time on my makeup for the day itself; that extra dose of pampering truly makes me feel my best. In past years, I've worn a strong red lipstick to celebrate the holiday.

Because I keep my makeup fairly simple, it's easy to incorporate a red lip. But, one asks, what about the rest of the face? This year, I'll be using some shimmery products from Trinny London to make the look extra-special, while sticking to the themes of understated elegance and embracing the feminine side.

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After applying my moisturizer, I apply a pea-sized amount of Trinny's BFF cream in the "light" shade. It creates the perfect canvas and gives my skin an extra punch of glow; exactly what I want for a special occasion. Then I apply my concealer on any dark spots or blemishes, and blend. Since it's a holiday and I'm treating myself, I'll use a sheer liquid or powder foundation for extra coverage.

I'll follow up with primer on my eyes. My eyeshadow will always crease if I skip this step, without fail. I do a little contour and highlight around my cheekbones, then set with transluscent powder. For the highlight, I'm using Trinny's The Right Light highlighting cream; the formula is easy to blend and looks as dewey as a fresh daisy. I've never been into the "glazed donut" trend of highlighting, so I appreciate that this one adds just the right amount of shimmer.

I like to start from the top and work my way down when it comes to eye makeup. Eyebrows are first; once they're done, I'll apply the Eye2Eye cream eyeshadow (I'm using the "wisdom" shade) over my eyelids. It's a shimmery, neutral color that goes with everything. I can layer darker shadows on top for a smokey eye, or leave it by itself. Perfect base coat. To keep the look natural, I'll finish with a dark brown pencil liner and mascara. Top everything off with a great red lip, and you're ready for a Valentine's Day date, a luxe work look, or a glamorous night in.

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Products provided by Trinny London. Sweater from Aritzia.